Aim for the Roses Movie


“One of the most unusual and strangely charming films to grace Hot Docs in years.”


“A glorious collision of documentary cinema, automotive carnage, and song and dance numbers … Combines elements of Greek tragedy, Kubrickian lushness, and the archetypal Hero’s Journey to reveal the true cost of following one’s muse … Imbued with the very things it examines – ambition, glory, and finally, the desire for greatness” 

4.5/5 Stars / “A film that takes two totally disparate cultural moments in Canadian history and makes them equally entertaining, enthralling and thought provoking … A captivating look at the limits of creativity and those who choose to fly right past them.”

“It’s hard to know whose ambition is most audacious / outrageous: Canadian stuntman Ken Carter’s, or composer and double bassist Mark Haney’s, or director John Bolton’s … Part documentary, part re-enactment, part music video, the film is a bizarre, wild, amazing ride.”

“The hippest Canadian doc in years … An operatic ode to creative risk-taking that throws caution to the wind.”

5/5 Stars / NNNNN / “Part long-form music video, part archival documentary, it’s experimental and conventional at the same time: a concept movie about a concept album. It’s delightful.”

“John Bolton brings the WTF factor to Hot Docs with the bizarre, ambitious, and ridiculously entertaining Aim For The Roses … Stunning … Comparisons to Joshua Oppenheimer’s The Act Of Killing are both inevitable and warranted for the film’s ingeniously playful approach to documentary form, but there has never been a documentary quite like Aim For The Roses … Fueled by an electrifying musical score, and possibly the first dramatic chorus ever in a documentary … The wildest, craziest, and smartest doc in years.”

“Maybe the most peculiar film to premiere at Hot Docs this year … Inspired lunacy … Has to be seen and heard and experienced to be believed … A multi-level meta-musical about one man’s passion that becomes another man’s pet project.”

“Stretches the limits of documentary storytelling … There is a poetic absurdity at the heart of John Bolton’s new ‘musical docudrama’ that is nicely summed up by its title: it implies something beautiful and delicate, but the reality is wilder and more dangerous.”